Cuba Gooding Jr.
(Dr. Ben Carson)
Cuba Gooding Jr. is best known for his Oscar®-winning portrayal of charmingly arrogant professional football player Rod Tidwell in Jerry Maguire. Starring opposite Tom Cruise in the Cameron Crowe-directed film, Gooding solidified his position as one of Hollywood’s most talented actors. In addition to the Academy Award®, Gooding was also honored with the Screen Actors Guild Award®, the Broadcast Film Critics Award, the Critics Choice Award and the Chicago Film Critics Award.
Gooding’s break-out movie role was the irascible Tré Styles in the 1991 John Singleton coming-of-age classic Boyz N the Hood. He gained recognition such films as the critically acclaimed Men of Honor, in which he played the first African-American to reach the rank of Master Chief Diver in the U.S. Navy; the Oscar-nominated A Few Good Men; What Dreams May Come, with Robin Williams; Radio, with Ed Harris; and he heart-warming comedy As Good as It Gets, with Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt.
Distinguished and versatile, Gooding often shows his acting chops by taking on roles that are diverse and eclectic, as exhibited by his turns in both independent comedies and gritty dramas.
In 2007, Gooding appeared alongside Denzel Washington in Ridley Scott’s critically acclaimed crime drama, American Gangster. He once again showed his yen for characterization by playing viciously competitive drug lord Nicky Barnes. His role was widely praised by both critics and audiences alike.
Perhaps one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, Gooding recently completed Kevin Bray’s drama Linewatch and an untitled horror thriller with Ray Winstone and Ron Perlman.
In 2002, Gooding received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honoring his achievements. He is currently involved in several charities, including The Boys and Girls Club of America. Gooding resides in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.